Jujubes originated in China over 4,000 years ago and belong to the Rhamnaceae family. There are at least 400 jujube varieties which can be used as a substitute to dates.


Jujubes are also known as red dates, Chinese dates, Korean dates, or Indian dates and are red inside and out, with a crispy texture, edible skin, and a date-like flavour which can be stored at room temperature for about a week.


Jujube trees are extremely versatile and can flourish in extreme temperatures with as little as eight inches of rainfall a year. A Jujube tree can grow to approximately 40 feet with shiny green leaves, and bloom grape sized fruits each containing a single large seed in the centre, which classifies jujubes as drupes.



Health Benefits


  • Jujubes contain the minerals: magnesium, potassium, copper, niacin, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and iron which are vital to regulate blood flow within the body. (1)


  • Provides 20 times more vitamin C than any citrus fruit which provides antioxidants that help to strengthen the immune system and scavenge for harmful free radicals. (2)


  • Extracts are also used in skin care products used to diminish wrinkles, relieve dry skin, and treat sunburn pain. (3)


  • Contains antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antidiabetic and polyphenols which help to decrease inflammation, cholesterol levels and risk of cardiovascular disease. (4)


  • Packed with 18 of the most important amino acids, which helps to form over 50,000 proteins in the body. (5)


Jujubes Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, fresh

  Amt. Per 
% Daily 
Calories 287
Calories from Fat 9
Total Fat 1 g 2%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 9 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 74 g 25%
Dietary Fibre 0%
Protein 4 g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 115%
Calcium 8% Iron 10%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.





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